The Temple's Junior Youth Group offers students in grades 3-8 a wide range of social and educational activities designed to foster a sense of community and friendship. Activities include a Bowling/Pizza Party, a Shul-In (sleepover) at the temple and an Inter-Congregational Dance with young members from other area synagogues. We believe that engaging the children in temple events and mitzvot during their early years of study will help them to become more actively involved in temple life as they grow through the program.
Temple Sha'arey Shalom Youth (TSSHY) reflects the interests and needs of students in grades 9-12. Our events balance religious, social and charitable activities. TSSHY members have helped to create and lead Shabbat services, helped run the annual Purim carnival, raised money for charities, volunteered locally, and have enjoyed a wide variety of social get-togethers, such as bowling, movies and trips to Six Flags.
As members of the National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), Youth Group members are also able to participate in regional events (dances, Haggigah Arts and New Member Kallahs, NFTY in Israel, Camp Kutz, etc.). TSSHY has been honored to host regional NFTY events, such as the Homecoming Dance and Regional Elections. NFTY membership also entitles youth groupers to attend Leadership Seminars, and Urban Mitzvah Corps and the biennial national convention, a four-day gathering of Jewish Youth from around the United States. Prior convention sites have included Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Philadelphia. Convention activities are as varied as the cities in which they are located and have ranged from Havdalah on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a NFTY-only evening at Universal Studios.
Youth Group members form strong friendships with members of TSSHY as well as with members of other youth groups. Wonderful friendships, a deeper appreciation of Judaism, fun, leadership skills, confidence and Jewish pride - that's TSSHY!